Elite Research outlines the process of writing an abstract according to APA guidelines. Elite Research is a global provider of research design and statistical consulting. They support academic, corporate, medical/health, and non-profit researchers in designing, collecting, analysing, and reporting efficient and accurate results.
The abstract is a place to summarize your research and highlight key points for the reader. It should be brief yet informative. The abstract should be on its own page and should include a page header, the heading “Abstract” should be centred with no additional formatting. The body should begin on the next line with no indention.
The body of your abstract should include the following in the order that they appear in your research:
• Research topic
• Research questions
• Data analysis
• Future directions of research (optional)
This should be formatted in a single, double-spaced paragraph and APA dictates that it be between 150 and 250 words.
Keywords may also be included along with the abstract to help researchers find the work in databases. To include keywords:
• Indent as if starting a new paragraph
• Type “Keywords” (Italicized) and list the keywords
The abstract should be concise and packed with information. Do not discuss specifics of the research but give the reader a good overview of what was done and what was found.
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